“You bless all who depend on you for their strength.” 

~Psalm 84:5 CEV~



This morning, I sadly report that Tessie Strickland still has not been found.  Today is day four for this family.  Let’s keep praying for Tessie and her family.  As you pray for Tessie and her family, also pray for safety for those who are searching for her.




A number of people from our area are touring all the sites that are so important to us as we study our Bibles.  Pray for safe and meaningful travels.  May they have great memories of this trip and better relate to the places they visit as they continue to study their Bibles for the rest of their lives.




The youth of FBC, Kentwood shared yesterday morning about their week at M-Fuge at Ridgecrest, North Carolina.  They each shared their own testimony with a sign they made.  It was truly an inspiring presentation.




The July guide for Scripture writing is now available in the church office.  You can stop by the church for a copy.




I think I missed one day last month, so here is the reference for Day 30.

Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – Romans 8: 28-32

The topic for July is “Patience and Perseverance”.  Day 1 – Psalm 40: 1-3.




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Let’s march into July with a purpose of loving God and loving others.  Each of us is a unique person, so we each have own ways to show our love for God and for others.  The thing that is important is that we show that love daily.  Let’s go into July with a bold goal of showing that love each day this month.

Anna Lee


The Lord’s Day

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

~Galatians 5:1~



Pray for the mission team from Line Creek Baptist Church as they leave for Houston today.




Pray for friends from Alabama who are in Mexico on a mission trip.  Part of their work there is rebuilding storm damaged church property.




Please add Lisa Taylor back to your prayer list.  She went home from the hospital Tuesday and has developed issues that have her back at North Oaks.




Tessie Strickland is still missing.  Keep praying!  As you pray for her, please pray for safety for the rescue teams and for peace and comfort for the family.




It’s the fifth Sunday of the month.  Many area churches are having special music, food, and other activities.  Join in and be blessed.




Some churches are concluding VBS.  Others are beginning.  I love to hear boys and girls tell of their time in VBS.  Churches are doing a wonderful job this year, as always.




Youth from some churches have returned from camp.  Other youth are leaving for camp.  Hearts are touched and lives changed forever.  Pray for each one.




Scripture Writing Plan – Romans 8: 28-32




May this Sunday be a blessing to you!  May you be a blessing to others today!

Anna Lee


But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.

But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

~Joshua 24:15~




I have three good reports to share this morning.

  • Brady Haynes had another surgery.  He now has no more kidney stones or stents.  Keep him in your prayers as he recovers,
  • Jane Blades was checked out by a cardiologist this week and passed.  He gave the “all clear” report.  Thank God for this good report.
  • Carol B. Sealey continues to slowly improve.  Let’s be patient in expecting a fast recovery and faithful in remembering to pray for Carol, her family, and the medial staff.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ”  – Romans 8: 11-14




Shoeboxes Open Doors and Hearts for the Gospel in Liberia



What have you purchased this week for Operation Christmas Child?

  • Small dolls?
  • $1.00 calculators?
  • Bars of soap?
  • Washcloths?
  • Bags of marbles?
  • Small cars?
  • Hair brushes?
  • 48-piece puzzles
  • School supplies?
  • Small hammers and nails?
  • Fishing equipment?
  • Clotheslines and clothespins?
  • Stick deodorant?
  • School supplies?
  • Metal spoons?
  • Plastic drinking cups?
  • Pot holders?
  • Sewing supplies?
  • Supplies for bracelet kits?
  • Small balls?
  • Plastic animals?
  • Shirts?
  • Headbands?
  • Bandanas?
  • Yarn?
  • Etc.

You can leave your items in the office of FBC, Kentwood or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thank-you very much.  We are off to a slow start, but want to finish well.

People who want to craft items need to talk to me for ideas or check out the OCC website.

If you have a plastic container, even medicine bottles with labels removed, please bring them.  They are helpful in packaging items for the shoeboxes.  Also small tins you purchase or recycle are good.  Don’t forget plastic eggs also work well too.

Some of you may prefer to have someone else shop for you.  If so, give them the money and any specifics on what you want them to purchase.  Items can be turned in at the church as they are purchased.

Another option is to turn in money to the church for OCC expenses.  Mark your check and/or envelope “OCC” or “Shoeboxes”.

Remember, literature is added to each box to introduce the children to Jesus in the language of the children.  Each box impacts an average of seven people for Jesus!  That’s a great ministry you can do.  

Anna Lee










I keep my eyes always on the LORD.

With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

~Psalm 16:8~



Sandra Hughes is now home following her his surgery.  Thank God for her progress so far.  Pray for continued improvement.




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Bible Reading Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – Romans 8:11-14




Operation Christmas Child 

My granddaughter, Madison, and I worked in the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) room yesterday.  A lot of progress was made.  As I worked, I noticed we need more items.  I want to share this link with ideas of items to pack for each age group.  I suggest picking items and buying multiple items of those things.  All donations can be left in the church office or the classroom next to the choir room.  This link will be helpful in getting you started.  I bought some zip lock bags and some sale items yesterday.  The day before I bought some items from Dollar Tree.  School supplies are being put out now.  I read this morning that Dirt Cheap has lots of school supplies in.  Let’s use the link to see what OCC suggests and the sales to get lots of school supplies.

Let’s get the items turned in so we can have a great packing party again this year.  Let me know if you have a couple of hours to help preparing items or want to make some items at church or at home.  

Anna Lee








….but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

~Isaiah 40: 31~




Carol B. Sealey is continuing to improve.  Yesterday, she posted a photo of pictures colored by her granddaughter.  Keep fighting Carol.  Everyone else, keep praying.




Brady Haynes has had another surgery.  He’s better, but not well yet.  Keep praying.




David’s former co-worker lost his mother, Mrs. Amy Taylor.  Please be in prayer for the family.




The next Two Rivers’ Associational WMU meeting will be July 15th at Spring Creek Baptist Church.  Mark it on your calendar.  Make sure it is on your church calendar.



I have been unable to work on Operation Christmas Child as I normally do.  If you can, please step up and help with purchases and crafts for the shoeboxes so we will be ready to pack when the time comes.  I will be glad to speak to those who need ideas of what needs to be done.




Scripture Writing Plan = “Who I am in Christ” – Romans 5: 1-5. 11




Pray for the many spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial needs around you.

Anna Lee









You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’

But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

~Revelation 3:17~



Wesley Blades stopped by yesterday to say his wife, Jane Blades, has been hospitalized because of the results of wearing a heart monitor.  She is in Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.  An angiogram will be done this morning.  Pray for Jane, her family, and the medical staff caring for her.




The Hatchels got phone service and a vehicle for Boyd yesterday.  Most importantly, they got to spend time with Boyd’s family.




Please pray for Aaron Hatchel who is having back issues.  Tests have been done.  They will get results today.  Be in prayer, please.




Please continue to pray for Brady Haynes as he deals with pain and nausea related to kidney stones and surgery.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – John 1 : 12-13




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I haven’t been able to work on Operation Christmas Child as I usually do.  I will need some of you to step up and help this year.  Make some purchases.  I think the best plan is to pict a couple of items and purchase multiples of that item.  Need suggestions?  Soap, washcloths, combs and brushes, toys, clothes pins, Play Dough, Lego blocks (large packs that can be divided), fishing needs, individual spoons, flash lights, batteries, flat glass marbles, colorful duct tape, sewing supplies, stick deodorant, small dolls, balls, etc.  Get your family, class, co=workers, and school involved.  Items can be dropped off at the office of FBC, Kentwood.  Thanks!  Remember, each shoebox we pact will impact an average of seven people with the knowledge of Jesus!  What a great way for be a missionary!




We are not all alike, but each of us have unique ways to share Jesus.  Share Jesus in your own style today.

Anna Lee





The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. 

~Proverbs 23:24 (NIV)~

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!



Update on Carol Bennett Sealey written by Austin, her son:

My mom has been having good days. Daddy said she was actually able to stand very briefly when the PT came in. She’s completely alert and responding to everything. She was able to FaceTime with Camille tonight for a little bit. It was good for them to get to talk. It’s been over two weeks. Things are looking great!




Pam Bankston has a long recovery ahead of her now that the neck and spine surgery has been done.  Please keep Pam, and Sim, in your prayers.




Deanna “Bug” Reynolds continues her recovery at home.  I think having a mom who is a nurse gives her an advantage over some others who have to recover from surgery to remove tonsils.  Please continue to pray for “Bug”.




Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – Ephesians 4: 4-7, 32




Kentwood area children and youth had lots of opportunities to participate in VBS and to attend church camps this week.  I’m so thankful to live in an area where adults are so willing to give of themselves in order that children can learn about Jesus and how to live for Him.



I know some special people who will be leaving their home in a few days to travel to the States for the next six months.  Pray for them as they complete preparations to travel, travel for hours and hours, and set up in a house that will be their home for the coming months.

Anna Lee